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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 4 – February 1951 to June 1951 – Issues 16-20 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Ogden Whitney, Ken Bald, Lin Streeter, Emil Gershwin, Al Camey, Edvard Moritz, WG Hardis, and others – and stories include "The Little People's Revenge", "The Vampire's Victim", "The Man Who Met His Own Ghost", "The Undying Brain", and lots lots more. 288 pages, hardcover, and full color. Book

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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 5 – July to November 1951 – Issues 21-25 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Pete Riss, Ken Bald, King Ward, Lin Streeter, Carl Kiefer, Jerry Grandenti, Leonard Star, Ogden Whitney, and others – and stories include "When Time Turned Back", "Flight Of The Dead", "The Howling Hunters", "Case Of The Haunted Girl", "The Spectre In The Show Window", and lots lots more. 288 pages, hardcover, and full color. Book

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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 6 – December 1951 to April 1952 – Issues 26-30 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s/2014. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Ogden Whitney, Ken Bald, George Wilhelms, Al Camy, Charlie Sultan, King Ward, Art Gates, Rocco Mastroserio, and others – and stories include "The Hands Of Darkness", "Ship Of Death", "The Ghouls Behind The Glass", "The Thing Without A Face", and lots more. 288 pages, hardcover and full color. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 7 – May to October 1952 – Issues 31-36 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Lou Cameron, Ken Bald, Leo Morey, Harry Lazarus, Charlie Sultan, Gus Ricca, and others – and stories include "The Man Who Couldn't Die", "Curse Of Satania", "The Girl Who Died Twice", "Fiend Of Midnight", "Lair Of Lost Souls", and lots more. 288 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 9 – June to December 1953 – Issues 44-50 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Pete Riss, Ken Bald, Jon Blummer, Bob Forgione, Dick Beck, Harry Lazarus, Lin Streeter, Bernard Sachs, and others. Book

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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Volume 10 – January to July 1954 – Issues 51 to 57 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1954. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. And this book also features some very cool stories in the "Truevision" style – which was the ACG attempt to create a 3D effect by putting stories on black pages, with images popping out of the panels! Features art by Lin Streeter, Pete Riss, Harry Lazarus, Ogden Whitney, Sheldon Moldoff, Bob Forgione, and others. 272 pages, hardcover, and in full color. Book

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✨✧ Captain ScienceCaptain Science Collected Works – Issues 1 to 7 – November 1950 to July 1951 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1954/1955. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Maybe just standard space opera comic from the front – but inside, the pages leap with action and wonderful artwork – thanks to the talents of a young Wally Wood, who works here in his pre-EC Comics years alongside other greats who include Joe Orlando, Bill Molno, Myron Fass, and Harry Harrison! The artwork definitely makes the stories pop nicely – and show a sci fi comic really trying to set itself apart – especially in a few of the stories when horror seems to come into play a bit more than space action – pointing the way towards some of the territory that Wood and Orlando would soon handle with their more famous stories. As usual with PS Artbooks, the presentation is great – a heavy, hardcover volume in full color throughout – with seven rare issues of the comic! Book

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✨✧ Chamber Of ChillsChamber Of Chills Vol 3 – November 1952 to September 1953 – Issues 14-19 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
One of the amazing horror comics published by Harvey Comics in the pre-code years of the early 50s – and a publication that was noted for its wealth of creepy stories and equally chilling images! Harvey may have been the home to Casper the ghost, but on the horror tip they were something else entirely – publisher of some of the most gruesome material in the years before comics got cleaned up in the mid 50s – with some of the best artists as well! Some of these stories are a clear attempt to copy the more famous style of EC Comics, but the Chamber Of Chills material also has a charm that's all its own – a rough approach to stories, which often leads to wonderfully lurid artwork – handled in this volume by Rudy Palais, Lee Elias, Rocke Mastroserio, Bob Powell, Don Perlin, Al Avison, Howard Nostrand, Jack Abel, and others – in stories that include "The Spider Man", "Vengeful Corpse", "Nightmare Of Doom", "The Living Mummies", "Black Passion", "Terrorvision", and more. 256 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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✨✧ EerieEerie – Tales Of Fantasy & Suspense! – Collected Works Vol 1 – Issues 1 to 7 – May/June 1951 to June/July 1952 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1951/1952. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
An early horror comic that definitely lives up to its name – not to be confused with the black and white magazine that started in the 60s from Warren Publications – but a much earlier, much more obscure work from the glory days of pre-code books in the 50s! Eerie definitely has a look that fits alongside most of its contemporaries – those ultra-creepy comics that were the bane of parents and the PTA back in the day – but the publication also seems willing to try some new things, too – as they experiment with an odd array of creatures and creeps that make their stories a bit different than usual. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ghouls, gore, and freaked-out dudes – and art in these issues is by Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Fred Kida, Moe Marcus, Louis Ravielli, and others. Book features seven rare issues of Eerie – all in full color, with cover images and ads too! Book

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✨✧ EerieEerie – Tales Of Fantasy & Suspense! – Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 8 to 14 – August/September 1952 to January/February 1954 (hardcove ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
An early horror comic that definitely lives up to its name – not to be confused with the black and white magazine that started in the 60s from Warren Publications – but a much earlier, much more obscure work from the glory days of pre-code books in the 50s! Eerie definitely has a look that fits alongside most of its contemporaries – those ultra-creepy comics that were the bane of parents and the PTA back in the day – but the publication also seems willing to try some new things, too – as they experiment with an odd array of creatures and creeps that make their stories a bit different than usual. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ghouls, gore, and freaked-out dudes – and art in these issues is by Sid Check, Norman Nodel, Alvin Hollingsworth, Gene Fawcette, Harry Lazarus, and others. Book features seven rare issues of Eerie – all in full color, with cover images and ads too! Book

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✨✧ EerieEerie – Tales Of Fantasy & Suspense! – Collected Works Vol 3 – Issues 15 to 17 – April/May 1954 to August/September 1954 – Fantom Witch ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
An early horror comic that definitely lives up to its name – not to be confused with the black and white magazine that started in the 60s from Warren Publications – but a much earlier, much more obscure work from the glory days of pre-code books in the 50s! Eerie definitely has a look that fits alongside most of its contemporaries – those ultra-creepy comics that were the bane of parents and the PTA back in the day – but the publication also seems willing to try some new things, too – as they experiment with an odd array of creatures and creeps that make their stories a bit different than usual. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ghouls, gore, and freaked-out dudes – and art in these issues is by Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Fred Kida, John Giunta, Manny Stallman, and others. Book features three full issues of Eerie, plus the original 1947 book – billed as the first horror comic – and issues of Phantom Witch Doctor and Night Of Mystery. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 6 to 11 – May/June 1952 to November 1952 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features six full issues, over 250 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of Al Williamson, King Ward, Ken Bald, Lou Cameron, Harry Lazarus, Jay Disbrow, and others. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 4 – July 1953 to January 1954 – Issues 19-25 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
Dig creepy comics? This book is full of them – a wealth of wonderful issues of the legendary Forbidden Worlds series from the 50s – a groundbreaking publication that set a whole new standard for horror and sci fi stories at the time – and a great companion to the legendary Adventures Into The Unknown, also from the same publisher! The volume is very well done – and features rare 50s comics in very vivid color – filled with stories of ghouls, demons, spirits, and other supernatural forces – all penned at the very high ACG level – which means thoughtful plotting, and a real sense of story structure. Even the original ads and text pages are included – and these issues feature artwork from Bob Forgione, George Klein, Edvard Moritz, Harry Lazarus, Al Wenzel, Ken Bald, and others. 288 pages, hardcover, and full color! Book

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✨✧ Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Volume 11 – Issues 65 to 70 – April 1958 to September 1958 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus John Forte, Harry Lazarus, Dick Beck, Al Williamson, John Rosenberger, and others. Book

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✨✧ Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Volume 11 – Issues 65 to 70 – April 1958 to September 1958 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus John Forte, Harry Lazarus, Dick Beck, Al Williamson, John Rosenberger, and others. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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✨✧ Journey Into FearJourney Into Fear Collected Works Vol 3 – Issues 15 to 21 – September 1953 to September 1954 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953/1954. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories even more spooky – almost as if the writers and artists were moving quickly, and didn't have time to candy-coat their work – so just threw their offbeat ideas and strange stories on the page as-is! Unlike some of the other volumes in this wonderful batch of books from PS Artbooks, the publication doesn't list the creators – possibly because they're lesser-knowns – but we can say that there's fantastic 50s comic artwork throughout – all in the unbridled pre-code style – with lots of ghouls, bats, skeletons, and other fearsome figures – often mixed with illicit love, crime, and other sordid themes. Hardcover book features seven rare issues of this legendary comic – all in full color too! Book

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Toshihiro BabaEasy Listening Disc Collection ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $28.99
Finally! The world of easy listening gets its own sort of special disc guides – similar to the kinds of books we've seen for jazz, soul, psych, and other styles over the years! This one focuses on the warmest, mellowest sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – with listings of 500 different records that are really well-chosen – the kind of special easy listening and instrumental records that get way past the soppy or snoozy – and which are the kinds we've always featured in our Now Sound section. All listings feature an album cover image in color, plus English listings of song titles, label, dates, and a few other specifics – next to a review of the records in Japanese. Like other "disc guide" titles from Japan, there's plenty here to enjoy even if you can't read the language – and this book is especially useful for its focus on CD reissues of these albums, as well as having a true global view of easy sounds too. 1975 pages, softcover, and full color throughout. Book

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William S BurroughsPlace Of Dead Roads ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $5.99 11.00
An overlooked gem from beat legend William S Burroughs – a book from the early 80s, a bit later vintage than his initial classics – but one that was also penned at a time when he was completely at home with his style! Plus, Burroughs is also more confident with his subject matter, too – there was obviously less chance of any sort of obscenity issue at the time than back at the start of the 60s – so this book is perhaps a bit more "out" than some of his others, especially given the story's setting in the old west. Yet as you can imagine from Burroughs, the book is anything but a conventional western – and instead explodes with all the sci fi currents and offbeat wit you'd expect. The names of the key characters are almost enough to hint at the vibe of the story – The Nihilistic Kid and The Crying Gun – and the softcover book is 268 pages. Book

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Gary Calamar & Phil GalloRecord Store Days – From Vinyl To Digital & Back Again (paperback) ... Book
Sterling, 2010. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Somebody's finally gone out and written a book about one subject we can really get behind – the Record Store – and not only that, they've done a beautiful job with the entire package too! The book takes a look at the importance of the record store – not just historically, but culturally as well – with an especially important focus on the need for stores in the digital age, as a way of keeping both the music, and interest in the music, alive and well for generations to come! As you might guess from the subtitle, authors Calamar and Gallo have a bit of an agenda in their portrait – but they really pave the way with some great recollections of record stores past, incredible bits not just from folks who owned and worked in stores, but also from famous shoppers, artists, and collectors too. And even cooler, the book is filled with lots of great photographs – wonderful images of old stores in color and black and white, plus lots of great sidebar bits that help draw a focus on key issues in record retail. If you, like us, get a bit of a rush every time you walk into a record store, then you'll be sure to get an equal rush from this book – a wonderful tome that's one we can send home to our parents, and finally show them we've got a career worth a bit of respect! 238 pages, hardcover, and really beautifully done. Book

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to embrace even at the height of the CD era – so much so that he talked Downbeat magazine into letting him write a special column on musical delights that had never made it to the digital format! Corbett helped plenty of music get reissued on CD himself – thanks to countless label projects – but he also always held a special place in his heart for the kinds of records that never got reissued – and those are the sorts of titles featured here – a massive run of music that runs from jazz to funk, American and European, totally obscure to completely common – presented beautifully together in this massive book! The volume doesn't just bring together Corbett's columns, but also offers up full color reproductions of all the record covers, along with a few other details too – to support efforts on dozens of artists – a huge list that includes Melvin Jackson, Bill Leslie, Black Grass, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Phil Seamen, Khan Jamal, Klaus Doldinger, The Mad-Hatters, Tommy Jones, Guy Warren, The Three Souls, United Front, Johnny Lytle, London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Paul Smoker, AK Salim, Noah Howard, Jack Wilson, and many others – a good number of whom have yet to be reissued. The book is wonderful – and Corbett's longtime declaration of being a vinyl freak is more important than ever, given the rebirth of the medium! Book is 250 pages, softcover, with color images. Book
 
 
 



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